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Higher education export service delivery by the University of Stellenbosch


  • Emile du Plessis

    (Department of Economics, University of Stellenbosch)


International trade in higher education services provides opportunities for stimulating economic development and fostering the mobility of knowledge, leading to increased intellectual capital, which is vital for a country to remain competitive in a globalising world. The aim of this paper is to explore the nature and scope of the delivery of higher education export services at the University of Stellenbosch. To this end, a questionnaire was constructed and distributed among 109 international students at the University of Stellenbosch during 2009. This pilot study investigates the factors that motivate international students to further their studies at the University of Stellenbosch. In addition, it provides an estimate of the associated economic impact on the hosting country of exporting higher education services.

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  • Emile du Plessis, 2010. "Higher education export service delivery by the University of Stellenbosch," Working Papers 08/2010, Stellenbosch University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:sza:wpaper:wpapers107

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    Trade in Education Services; Comparative Advantage; Higher Education Services;
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    JEL classification:

    • F10 - International Economics - - Trade - - - General
    • F20 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - General
    • I23 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Higher Education; Research Institutions

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